World's oldest living man dies at 112
Published: Monday, September 16, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 16, 2013 22:09
Salustiano Sanchez, a Spanish-American who became the oldest living man in June, died Friday at 112 years of age. Sanchez received the title of “oldest living man” from Guinness World Records after 116-year-old Jiroemon Kimura passed away three months ago.
Born in Spain in 1901, Sanchez came to the United States in 1920 and married in 1934. He worked in a coal mine in Kentucky for a time before moving to New York. Sanchez’s wife died in 1988, and in 2007, Sanchez moved into a nursing home.
He credited his long life to eating a banana every day. Among individuals who live to 110 (supercentenarians), about 90 percent are female, making Sanchez a rarity.
The current oldest person in the world is Misao Okawa, a Japanese woman who is 115 years old, and the oldest confirmed person of all time is Jeanne Calment, a French woman who lived to be 122. Bolivian man Carmelo Flores Laura claims to be 123, which would make him the oldest person ever, but his claim is believed to be false.